Trash and Recycling Regulations
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that all municipalities are in compliance with Act 101 and Act 140 (1988). Ordinance No. 202, available to review at the bottom of the page, brings West Rockhill Township into full compliance. Here are the highlights of the trash and recycling requirements for West Rockhill Township:
· Each resident and business must directly secure the services of a licensed trash hauler who will
· All licensed trash haulers shall offer their customers commingled recyclables collection service as part of the normal collection fee for service. Trash haulers shall inform customers of how recyclables should be containerized.
· All licensed trash haulers shall provide at least one collection of shrubbery, tree trimmings and similar materials per month. Collection schedules shall be distributed to the customers and the Township.
· Commercial and institutional business owners are required to report their recycling on a yearly basis.
· Apartment complexes or residential communities (nursing homes, condominiums, retirement communities, etc.) are required to provide a recycling program for their residents.
· No resident or business shall burn refuse, municipal waste, recyclable materials, yard waste, or leaf waste
Ordinance 206, enacted on June 21, 2011, clarifies that waste haulers are required to provide a schedule for monthly collection of leaf and yard waste to residential, commercial, and institutional customers. The full text of Ordinance 206 is available below.
The following licensed trash haulers operate in West Rockhill Township:
Waste Management of SE PA
Advanced Disposal (formerly Chesmont)http://www.advanceddisposal.com/residential-services
P.O. Box 1500, Skippack, PA, 19474
Customer Service 610-584-5450
Allied Waste of BucksMont
731 E Reliance Rd, Telford, PA, 18969
If you have a problem with or complaint about your trash hauler, please download and print this form to register your complaint with the Township: WRT Trash Hauler Complaint Form.pdf
West Rockhill Township encourages all residents and businesses to practice recycling. Rules and regulations for the waste stream have become more stringent in regards to separating recyclable items from your trash. Please support and practice recycling!
New Rules Require Recycling of Electronics
As of January 13, 2013, your waste hauler will not be permitted to accept electronic devices such as laptops, computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, and televisions with the regular trash. Under the PA Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010 (Act 108 of 2010), these items must be sent to an electronics recycler.
Proper recycling is important since these devices contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which do not belong in the normal trash stream. Many of these devices also contain metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum, copper, iron, and aluminum, that can be separated and reused in new products.
The law also requires manufacturers of covered devices to host one-day events to collect, transport, and recycle these items or institute permanent collection programs or mail-back options. Some retailers also accept electronics for recycling either at no charge or in exchange for rebates or coupons.
For more information on disposing of Hazardous Waste, contact:
Art Feldes - Recycling Coordinator Bucks County Planning Commission
A current list of collection opportunities, including those offered by manufacturers and retailers, is available by calling the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s toll-free recycling hotline at 1-800-346-4242.
The retailer Best Buy will accept most electronics for recycling.
Try http://www.earth911.com/ for more recycling sites.
Use the following list for additional recycling opportunities:
Recycling CFL Light Bulbs
There is a small amount of mercury in CFLs. We encourage all residents to recycle these bulbs to prevent mercury from going into landfills. The Township does not offer recycling for CFL light bulbs. PP& L offers the following information on their website:
The Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide accept CFLs for recycling. In addition, PPL Electric Utilities has also partnered with local retailers that offer recycling of used, unbroken CFL bulbs. Recycling your CFL is FREE! visit www.earth911.org to identify other local recycling locations. If there are no recycling centers near you and you must put your CFL in the garbage, seal the CFL in two plastic bags. CFLs should not be disposed of in an incinerator.
West Rockhill Township Residential Recycling Center
The West Rockhill Township Recycling Center will be closed on February 3, 2015, due to rising costs and user non-compliance.
DEP has determined that yard waste must be separated from the waste stream for recycling. Trash haulers determine their own monthly leaf and yard waste pick up dates and must inform their customers of the dates. Your hauler may bill you for this service. DEP prefers that yard waste be recycled as compost on your own property as a first option, but if you prefer to dispose of this waste, you must abide by your haulers regular monthly pick up date or drop off your yard waste at the township container (see below). You may not burn leaves or yard waste in Pennsylvania.Following are the dates given by the major trash haulers operating in West Rockhill Township for leaf/yard waste pick-up in 2014:
Waste Management: Last Saturday of each month
Allied Waste/Republic Services: The Fourth Wednesday of each month
Advanced Disposal: November 30
The Township offers a drop off container for residential yard waste on the last Friday of each month, except when a Holiday falls on that day. The service is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Building. Yard waste consists of leaves, weeds, brush, branches, etc., dropped off loose or in paper bags. No plastic bags will be accepted. All branches must be cut up and bundled. No tree stumps, railroad ties, grass clippings, or commercial landscaping waste will be accepted.
Recycling Old Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners
PPL has a program to pick up your old refrigerator, freezer, or air conditioner and give you a rebate.The refrigerator or freezer must be in working condition and be between 10 and 30 cubic feet in size. You must own the unit and be a PPL Electric Utilities customer. Limit two units per address per calendar year. A $35 incentive check will be mailed to you after the appliance is collected.
Bonus: If you have inefficient, working window air conditioners, we will have those picked up at the same time as your refrigerator or freezer and give you an additional $25 per unit, limit four per household per calendar year. Log on for more information:
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